It’s tempting for many people to buy a ‘compatible cartridge’ or a generic printer toner or ink for their printer instead of the branded version. They’re less expensive and appear the same, and the packaging may lead people to believe they’re ‘greener.’ However, there are some additional expenses that you may not be aware of.
Do you use generic printer consumables in your printer? These are ink cartridges and toner that aren’t created by the printer’s original manufacturer, but are meant to work in the same way as a branded version in your printer.
Here are some reasons why you should think twice about buying a generic cartridge or toner:
- They aren’t green at all! – The majority of generic cartridges are not created from recycled cartridges and are disposed of in landfills.
- Manufacturers do not pay for their recycling or participate in a recognised initiative such as Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.
- Because they’re a lower-quality product, there’s no assurance of a high paper yield (which means the ink will run out faster and you’ll have to replace the generic ink cartridge more frequently).
- Because the generic printer consumable isn’t designed for the printer, it could explode the fuser (or damage the printer), resulting in a substantially higher cost to the buyer.
- A greater environmental cost is incurred by refusing to support the original printer brand manufacturer, who are committed to high sustainability outcomes and product stewardship by taking responsibility for their printer consumable recycling.
- Because original printer cartridges contain advanced technology, you will receive lower-quality results if you buy the generic, lower-cost, and lower-quality product.
- Cheaper isn’t always better; there are hidden expenses for the environment, your printer, and your finished output.
By purchasing original printer consumables from companies like Brother, Canon, Cartridge World, Epson, HP, and Kyocera, you are directly supporting cartridge recycling and the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program, ensuring that no waste goes to landfill and that your old cartridge waste is recycled into new products.
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